Speaking Point: Begin by helping your teen focus on the priority; getting in touch with their personal value system (PVS) I have referred to this over the years as the "Platinum Standard." What values do they hold dearest in life? For instance, it might be honesty, respect, care (for other people/environment/etc), work-life balance.
Speaking Point: Once clear on the most important values, conduct research on companies that represent and have a reputation for possessing similar values.
Speaking Point: Start by looking at companies that have made the "list." Here are a few credible lists:
- The Best Places to Work
- Most Admired Companies
- The Most Ethical Companies
- Winners of the "Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award"
Speaking Point: Talk to mentors and other people who might have direct experience with "Values-based" companies.
Speaking Point: Don't chase the money especially if company does not espouse your PVS. This often ends up as short-term gain accompanied by misery.
Speaking Point: Trust your Instinct if the people you are interviewing with are condescending/arrogant/etc. take it as a "cultural cue."
Speaking Point: Observe during interview and walk through of company, do people appear to be happy? Before accepting offer, ask if you could spend a few minutes with some of the employees.
Speaking Point: These simple guidelines will help you find not just a "job," but a personally en riching career experience.